Mililma May is a staunch Danggalaba Kulumbirigin Tiwi woman living, working and studying on Kulumbirigin Country (Darwin). Before living and working on her Country, Mililma lived on Gadigal Country where she worked as a cadet at Gilbert + Tobin (G+T). Ms May then became the first cadet to work on Country with an agreement between G+T and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. Whilst working on Country, Ms May has provided legal education across Top End communities and has specially delivered classes to children in Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
In addition, Mililma is a co-founder of Uprising of the People, a Darwin-based grassroots organisation that leads protests, empowers the community and stands up against injustices in the Northern Territory. Ms May is an activist, artist, writer and a trailblazer for First Nations lawyers and young people.
Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.